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Arizona Senate Dems plan ‘ethics announcement’

Arizona Senate Democrats have scheduled a Monday news conference to make an announcement regarding Senate ethics.

Several senators declined to say in advance what they’ll announce. But Senate Democrats have been exploring the possibility of requesting an ethics investigation of Republican Majority Leader Scott Bundgaard in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident.

Phoenix police briefly handcuffed Bundgaard before releasing him after questioning him and his now former girlfriend about what happened before and after the couple pulled over on the side of a freeway the night of Feb. 25.

Police say the senator invoked the temporary partial immunity from arrest that Arizona lawmakers have while in session. He has denied doing that.

Aubry Michelle Ballard was arrested on suspicion of assault, but the charge was later dropped.

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